GERMANIC AND SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES (GSLL)

GSLL 69. First-Year Seminar: Laughing and Crying at the Movies: Film and Experience. 3 Credits.

Why is it that we cry at the movies? We will focus on the melodrama but also look at comedy and horror to think about emotional responses to films. Students will learn the basics of film analysis, gain an overview of genre cinema, and study approaches to emotion, affect, and the body.
Gen Ed: VP.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 70. First-Year Seminar: Teenage Kicks: Race, Class, and Gender in Postwar Youth Cultures. 3 Credits.

This seminar investigates youth cultures from the 1940s to the present in the United States and around the world. It offers students a history of how different youth cultures developed over time, and consideration of how the constitution of youth cultures has been influenced by factors like race, class, and gender.
Gen Ed: LA, EE-Mentored Research, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 87. First-Year Seminar: Literature Confronting Totalitarianism. 3 Credits.

What is totalitarianism? Can a portrayal of suffering, even death, under a totalitarian state, have artistic value, or must it remain only a political pamphlet? This seminar studies authors who reveal the crimes of totalitarianism, while also showing the moral strength and/or weaknesses of humans victimized by the totalitarian state.
Gen Ed: LA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 89. First-Year Seminar: Special Topics in Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. 3 Credits.

Special topics course. Content will vary each semester.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 6 total credits. 2 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 260. From Berlin to Budapest: Literature, Film, and Culture of Central Europe. 3 Credits.

Central Europe, at the center of dramatic historical changes--WWI, emergence of independent nation states, WWII and Holocaust, Communism and its end, incorporation into the European Union--produced unprecedented cultural results. The creative voices of writers and filmmakers have relevance far beyond this region.
Gen Ed: LA, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 278. Music, Image, Text. 3 Credits.

This course examines the relationship between text, music, and the visual arts, focusing on the way in which nonliterary aesthetic content may both mediate and call into question cultural values.
Gen Ed: VP, CI.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 280. The Dialectic of Whiteness and Blackness in Atlantic Cultures. 3 Credits.

Traces the invention of race, racism, and discourses of cultural inferiority/superiority throughout Western culture. What historical events created the necessity for racist thinking? How did colonialism and transatlantic migration change Atlantic cultures? Why did black culture become fashionable? Is the 21st century "post-racial"? Readings and course descriptions in English.
Gen Ed: GL, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 284. Philosophy and the Arts. 3 Credits.

This course examines the different ways in which philosophical texts and works of art presuppose, articulate, and call into question cultural norms and values, with a special emphasis on conceptions of selfhood in various philosophical movements (for example, in Existentialism, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, etc.).
Gen Ed: PH.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 475. Magical Realism: Central European Literature in a Global Context. 3 Credits.

This course studies magical realism in Central European literature and film by placing it in a global literary/cinema context. Readings and discussions in English.
Gen Ed: LA, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 490. Topics in Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. 3 Credits.

Examines selected themes in the history, culture, society, art, and/or literature of Germanic and Slavic/East European countries.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 496. Independent Readings in Germanic and Slavic/East European Studies. 1-3 Credits.

Special readings and research in a selected field or topic related to Germanic and Slavic/East European Studies, under the direction of a faculty member.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 691H. Honors Course. 3 Credits.

Permission of the director of undergraduate studies. For majors only. Reading and special studies under the direction of a faculty member.
Gen Ed: EE-Mentored Research.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 692H. Honors Course. 3 Credits.

Permission of the director of undergraduate studies. For majors only. Reading and preparation of an essay under the direction of a faculty member, designed to lead to the completion of the honors thesis.
Gen Ed: EE-Mentored Research.
Grading status: Letter grade.

GSLL 693H. Honors Seminar. 3 Credits.

Permission of the director of undergraduate studies. For majors only. Introduction to research techniques and preparation of an essay, designed to lead to the completion of the honors thesis.
Gen Ed: EE-Mentored Research.
Grading status: Letter grade.